StarChase is the trade name of a system developed early in 2006 to track a fleeing vehicle of interest to police. Its components consist of a tag, a small projectile with the end covered in a viscous adhesive which contains a GPS locator and a transmitter, fired by compressed air from a small launcher on the front grille of a police car. The system was developed to reduce the need for, and the inherent danger of, high speed pursuits, many of which are precipitated by traffic violations where the motorist is later found to have outstanding business with the court system.
Upon deployment to a target vehicle, the tag begins broadcasting its position to the dispatch center. Catching the vehicle, even without air support, now becomes a matter of strategic interdiction, rather than mere pursuit and interception.
The StarChase system, as of summer 2013 was in use by the Arizona Department of Public Safety, Los Angeles Sheriff's Department, Austin Police Department, and numerous other agencies all over the world.
- "GPS bullets are latest weapon for American police; It sounds like something out of a James Bond movie - GPS bullets that can track the location of a suspect's car". BBC, 29 October 2013.
- "Press Release: DPS becomes the first state-level law enforcement agency in the country to deploy the StarChase Pursuit Management System; The system, which DPS has already used with great success during pursuits, launches a GPS tracking device at fleeing vehicles". Arizona Department of Public Safety, September 30, 2009.
- "APD employs GPS dart system to track suspect vehicles". Daily Texan, February 14, 2013.
- StarChase site
- Time Magazine: StarChase, one of the best inventions of 2007
- The Early Show on CBS: High Tech Car Chases
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